Winter Solstice Teacher Resources

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Winter Solstice

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The Winter Solstice is the subject of a collection of materials that has young scientists watching videos, conducting experiments, and making calculations, all to investigate the scientific concepts behind the shortest day of the year in...
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Teach This Poem: "Toward the Winter Solstice" by Timothy Steele

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Timothy Steele's poem, "Toward the Winter Solstice," offers scholars an opportunity to consider what poets and scientists could learn from each other's work. First, learners examine a NASA image of a star-forming region in the Orion...
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The Winter Solstice

For Students 5th - 6th
In this winter solstice worksheet, students read a detailed text about the winter solstice and the historical and religious significance of this day. Students then complete a 15 question fill-in-the-blank and true/false worksheet.
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Why Seasons Make No Sense

For Students 6th - 12th
Do the summer and winter solstices mark the beginning of the warmest and coldest quarters of the year? After an introduction of scientific concepts related to seasons, an informative video explains how the Romans are responsible for the...
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Exploring Seasonal Shadows and Sunlight

For Teachers 5th - 8th
What can shadows tell us about the changing season? Over several months, astronomy learners record length and position of an outdoor object's shadow, such as a flagpole. They apply the data to a growing hypothesis and note the patterns...
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Bill Nye Video: Earth's Seasons

For Students 4th - 8th
In this earth's seasons worksheet, students answer fill in the blank questions after seeing Bill Nye's video. Topics include the rotation of the earth around the sun, the tilt of the earth, the time zones and sunlight.
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Celebrate Winter!

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students understand, and participate in, both the historical and scientific aspects of this year's celebrations by introducing them to a selection of activities.
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Student Exploration: Summer and Winter

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this recognizing the seasons online/interactive worksheet, learners explore the Earth's positions and determine the summer and winter season. Students answer 21 short answer questions
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The History of Christmas Trees, Part One

For Teachers 1st - 8th
Learners read an article about Winter Solstice celebrations. They consider the symbolism of evergreens in winter and how different cultures have used evergreens in winter celebrations throughout history.
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Winter and Summer Storms Scenarios

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discover the patterns that create summer and winter storms. Working in groups, they create model storms for summer and winter. Students discuss the reasons why summer storms and winter storms are different and explain...
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Winter Holiday Celebrations

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students understand how holidays revolve all around light. In this winter holidays instructional activity, students find the similarities and differences between the winter holidays. Students discuss the winter solstice and how it...
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Determining Hours of Daylight

For Students 5th - 8th
In this daylight hours worksheet, students will study illustrations showing the length of day at every 10-degrees of latitude for the winter and summer solstices. Students will complete 4 short answer questions based on the illustrations.
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Seeing Solar Processes

For Students 7th - 12th
For this seasons worksheet, students compare 24 hour filmstrips for a single day in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Arctic Circle to determine the different seasons. This worksheet has 12 fill in the blank.
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Solstice and Equinox Season Model

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
How can December 21 be the shortest day of the year when all days are 24 hours long? Pupils see how to build a model showing the differences between winter and summer solstices and equinoxes. Using this model, classes can then discuss...
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The Sun and the Seasons

For Students 9th - 12th
Why is there more daylight in June than in December if you live above the equator? How does the angle of sunlight shift throughout the year? Answer these questions and more with an interactive article about the sun, its path through the...
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Seasons: Shadow Lengths

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Before iPhones and calendars, how did humans determine the seasons of the year? Middle school scientists discover how to use shadows to determine the time of year in an enlightening interactive. Pupils manipulate the sun and examine the...
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This Phenomenon Only Happens in Hawaii ... and Cuba, Nigeria, Indonesia, Peru, Sudan, Laos and…

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
What do Hawaii, Nigeria, and Peru have in common? Each of these locations, plus many others, get to see the subsolar point! But, what is it? A video from a comprehensive physics playlist puts the phenomenon at the forefront by explaining...
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Why The Full Moon is Better in Winter

For Students 5th - 9th
Did you ever wonder which season is best for viewing the full moon? Find out why winter wins the honor, and why the tilt of Earth''s axis is the main contributor. 
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U.S. and Global Christmas Traditions

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders use Internet research to find out about holidays based on the winter solstice, Christmas, and Christmas traditions around the world. They create a PowerPoint presentation about what they learned.
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Solar Angles and Tracking Systems

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The sun will continue to rise in the east and set in the west, no matter what. The first lesson in a series of eight introduces the class to solar angles. It makes connections between a person's latitude and the angle of position of the...
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For Teachers 7th - 8th
A real-world scenario of how a rumor might spread in school is used to demonstrate an exponential growth pattern.  The class will have to use reasoning skills and communicate with each other to problem solve and come up with some...
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The Reasons for the Seasons

For Students 7th - 10th
Young scientists use a globe and a light to simulate the rotation of the earth and sun to show the seasons. Additionally, they simulate direct sunlight and indirect sunlight showing intensity of the sun, and answer questions based on...
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What Causes Day and Night?

For Students 4th - 5th
Why do we have four seasons? A series of questions about the Earth's orbit and its impact on seasons challenge Earth science students.The second page of the resource has nine multiple choice questions, such as "One year on Earth is one...
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Top of the World

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learn about polar bears and the Arctic circle with a lesson about the countries and conditions of the region. After examining how the area differs from Antarctica, kids explore climates, animals, and geographical position of countries in...

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